Charles Dharapak, a veteran photographer who has spent the past decade chronicling the activities and travels of U.S. presidents and American political campaigns, has been named Asia-Pacific regional photo editor for The Associated Press.
The appointment was announced Monday by Ted Anthony, the AP’s director of Asia-Pacific news, to whom Dharapak will report.
“As much as anyone I’ve met in our profession, Charlie gets it,” Anthony said. “He is not only a wonderful photographer but an extremely nimble mind and an innovator in all forms of journalism. I’m excited to see what he’ll do to help us make our news report more useful to our customers and more finely tuned to the Asia-Pacific region’s increasingly digital audiences.”
Dharapak, 43, has been based in Washington for the AP since 2003 and frequently travels with the president on Air Force One. Since 2003 he has covered the White House under Bush and Obama, national politics, and the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Recently he has taken a visible role in advocating greater press access under the Obama administration.
He joined the AP in 1995 as a staff photographer based in Southeast Asia. While based in Bangkok, he covered the Cambodian civil war and the democracy movement in Myanmar. He later became AP’s chief photographer and photo editor in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he covered the protests and riots that led to the fall of Suharto; East Timor’s independence; various communal and religious conflicts; and the rise of Muslim extremism.
In 2002, Dharapak spent considerable time photographing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His work in Gaza in 2002 was recognized by the Associated Press Managing Editors, and he has received numerous awards for his Washington political coverage. In 2012, he was named photographer of the year by the White House News Photographers Association. He is also a frequent smartphone photographer whose images have earned him a dedicated following in the Instagram community.
“Charlie’s progression from photographer to regional photo editor is testament to his ability and desire to share his considerable knowledge with the Asia photo staff,” said Santiago Lyon, AP vice president and director of photography. “I am confident he will prove to be as fine a leader as he has been a photographer, and that our staff and customers in Asia will benefit from the appointment.”
Dharapak, who grew up in the New York City borough of Staten Island, received degrees in print journalism and economics at New York University. He is fluent in Thai and versed in Bahasa Indonesia.
Dharapak will be based in Bangkok, joining Anthony, Asia-Pacific Regional Video Editor Celine Rosario and Assistant Asia Editor Vijay Joshi at the AP’s Asia-Pacific regional headquarters. His appointment marks the first time that the Asia-Pacific leaders of all of AP’s primary journalism formats — photos, video and text — will be located in the same place.
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President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to M. Luis Construction, which specializes in asphalt manufacturing, concrete paving, and roadway reconstruction, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Rockville, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Graduates toss their hats at the end of the United States Naval Academy graduation ceremony attended by President Barack Obama, Friday, May 22, 2009, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The Marine One helicopter kicks up snow and ice as it lands on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, prior to President Barack Obama’s departure to Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center, looks on as President Barack Obama, left, speaks with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., after the president addressed lawmakers as he opened the Fiscal Responsibility Summit, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas walks in a hallway before speaking at a campaign event, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Susan Clark of Santa Monica, Calif., who opposes health care reform, stands with a red hand painted over her mouth to represent what she said is socialism taking away her choices and rights, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, on the final day of arguments regarding the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama steps off the stage after speaking about health care reform, Monday, March 15, 2010, at the Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center in Strongsville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is seen in silhouette as she speaks at Regina Mundi Church and addresses the Young African Women Leaders Forum in a Soweto township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)
U.S. President George W. Bush reacts as he pulls on a locked door as he tries to leave a press conference in Beijing, China, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005. Bush headed for a set of double doors after the press conference only to discover that they were locked. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Amy Brighton from Medina, Ohio, who opposes health care reform, rallies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, as the court continues arguments on the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Cherry blossoms begin to bloom at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, Monday, March 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Chinese and U.S. flags are displayed on Constitution Avenue in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, ahead of the arrival of China’s President Hu Jintao for a state visit hosted by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates boards his military aircraft in Amman, Jordan, Friday, March 25, 2011, after a private meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)
Leonida Martinez, from Phoenix, Ariz., second from left, and others take part in a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, as the court questions Arizona’s “show me your papers” immigration law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama gives German Chancellor Angela Merkel a kiss on the cheek on arrival for the G8 Summit Friday, May 18, 2012 at Camp David, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Commander in Chief Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A Secret Service agent looks out from backstage before the arrival of Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., at a campaign rally at Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Ind., Friday, March 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, after the court’s hearing on Arizona’s “show me your papers” immigration law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
England’s Prince Harry visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, Friday, May 10, 2013. The British soldier-prince is spending most of his week in the U.S. honoring the wounded and the dead of war. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)
President Barack Obama smiles in the rain as he and French President Nicolas Sarkozy attend an event honoring the alliance between the United States and France and their efforts in Libya , Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Cannes City Hall, after the G20 Summit in Cannes, France. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Pedestrians walk in a morning fog on 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW across from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. A dense fog has caused limited visibility in the Washington area. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama looks to see if it is still raining as a Marine holds an umbrella for him during his joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not pictured, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, before the Senate Committee hearing to examine the Financial Stability Oversight Council annual report to Congress. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The shadow of Medea Benjamin, founder of CodePink Women for Peace, is seen as she writes Syria and the peace sign in front of the Center for American Progress in Washington, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, where US United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power was to speak about Syria. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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